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NEW YORK (AP) — ACORN has filed a lawsuit claiming that Congress crossed the Constitution when it passed a law cutting off federal funding to the organization.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit on ACORN’s behalf Thursday in Brooklyn federal court. It claims the law was unconstitutional because it punitively targeted an individual organization.

Messages for comment left at the White House and the federal agencies named in the suit were not immediately returned.

ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis says in the lawsuit that she first thought the organization could survive, but she underestimated the impact of the Congressional action. She says state, local and most private funds have been cut off as well.


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